The Boundary Committee for England has published its draft recommendations for new electoral arrangements in Cornwall. A consultation process, lasting until 10 February 2009, has now begun to hear the views of those who wish to have their say on the recommendations.
The Committee has recommended that 123 councillors should sit on the new authority, each representing one electoral division in the county. The Committee's report and maps of the proposed electoral divisions are available at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk, and at your local council offices and libraries.
Max Caller CBE, Chair of the Boundary Committee, said: "Our recommendations seek to take account of the interests and identities of local communities across Cornwall while providing for electoral equality. That means all councillors across Cornwall representing approximately the same number of electors. These are changes that will affect how you are represented in your village, town or city. We'd like to hear what impact they'll have on you and how you think they can be improved."
The Committee wants to hear as much clear evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for Cornwall. If you would like to make a submission to the Boundary Committee, please write to:
The Electoral Review of Cornwall
The Boundary Committee for England
30 Great Peter Street
London SW1P 2HW
The review, which began in February 2008, is being carried out to ensure that the new unitary authority, which takes on all local government functions for Cornwall in April 2009, has fair and workable electoral arrangements. The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government decided that Cornwall County Council and the six district councils in the county should be replaced from 1 April 2009 by a new single unitary council covering the whole of the county.
For further information contact
Gareth Nicholson on 020 7271 0638
Outside office hours: 07789 920414
Notes to editors
1. The Boundary Committee for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, e.g. defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected, and for conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structure.
2. On 26 February 2008, the Boundary Committee for England began the first round of public consultation in the review of local government electoral arrangements for the prospective new Cornwall unitary authority.
3. Parliament has approved a bid from Cornwall County Council for a new unitary authority covering the whole of Cornwall. This means that the County Council and the six district councils in the county will be merged together from 1 April 2009 and a new single unitary council will be created covering the whole of the county.
4. As the structure of local government in the area will be changing, the Boundary Committee is undertaking a review of electoral arrangements in the county to ensure there are fair arrangements in place for elections to the new Council
5. Further guidance on responding to a Boundary Committee consultation is available on the website www.boundarycommittee.org.uk